Boy Culture 2 volumes : An Encyclopedia by Shirley R. Steinberg

By Shirley R. Steinberg

Boy tradition: An Encyclopedia spans the breadth of the rustic and the total scope of a pivotal growing-up time to teach what "a boy's lifestyles" is actually like at the present time. With enormous quantities of entries throughout volumes, it deals a chain of bright snapshots of boys of every kind and a long time at domestic, tuition, and at play; interacting with family members or knocking round with associates, or pursuing pursuits on my own as they start their trip to adulthood.Boy tradition indicates an uncanny figuring out of simply how intriguing, complicated, and hard the years among adolescence and younger maturity might be. The toys, video games, outfits, tune, activities, and feelings—they are all part of this awesome source. yet most crucial is the book's specialise in the issues that form boyhood identities—the rituals of masculinity between neighbors, the long-lasting clash among becoming in and status out, the results of popular culture pictures, and the effect of function types from mom and dad and academics to athletes and entertainers to fictional characters.

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How much understanding should be offered to someone who hurts others based on fear? How can someone rid themselves of their homophobic feelings and learn not to hate? One’s childhood home is a strong influence on perceptions of homophobia. If respected family members make homophobic comments or engage in homophobic violence, then an individual may have no idea that such behavior is hurtful. Sometimes parents believe they are protecting their children by warning them that gay men or lesbians could attempt to molest them, even though research indicates that less than 1 percent of child molesters are gay men or lesbians (Janoff, 2005).

However, stronger legal protections need to be in place to shield gay boys from the sort of harassment they currently endure. The state of California passed a groundbreaking law, the School Safety and Violence 15 16 Part I: What Makes a Boy a Boy Prevention Act, which protects gay youth from harassment and discrimination in schools. The District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin have passed similar laws. However, as illustrated by the murder of Lawrence King, a law alone is not enough.

Many children growing up with gay and lesbian parents today, having witnessed the love between their parents as the most natural thing in the world, cannot comprehend homophobia. In these examples, homophobia was not taught and therefore not a problem. However, they are exceptions to a world currently dominated by homophobia. There are many possible causes for homophobia, but no definite answers. Some believe it is a religious right to express homophobia, especially since literal interpretations of the bible condemn gay men.

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